Leicester City 4-0 Swansea City

25 Apr

Leicester thrashed Swansea 4-0 at the King Power Stadium to move eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.


Match Reports: Leicester City 4-0 Swansea CityMatch Reports: Leicester City 4-0 Swansea City

Claudio RanieriÂ’s side went into the game without suspended top scorer Jamie Vardy and there were question marks over how the Foxes would cope without their talisman.

However the players answered their doubters in emphatic fashion as Riyad Mahrez set them on their way, before VardyÂ’s stand-in Leonardo Ulloa grabbed a brace and Marc Albrighton finished the job.

Leicester are now eight points clear of Tottenham, who can reduce the gap to five again if they defeat West Brom at White Hart Lane on Monday night, but five more points will seal their first ever top-flight title.

A lacklustre SwansÂ’ side remain down in 15th spot on 40 points and already look on their holidays on the evidence of this performance.

Leicester were gifted the lead out of nothing in the 10th minute when SwansÂ’ skipper Ashley WilliamsÂ’ attempted clearance was straight at Mahrez who advanced into the area before firing a low strike past Lukasz Fabianski for his 17th goal of the season.

The Foxes were boosted with their lead and they extended it on the half-hour mark when Danny Drinkwater whipped in a lovely free-kick from the left and Ulloa met it with a close-range header which gave Fabianski no chance.

Two minutes later and Swansea produced their first real chance of the game when Federico Fernandez got on the end of a Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick but couldnÂ’t keep his header down as it drifted just over.

Sigurdsson then hit a free-kick from distance which Kasper Schmeichel parried away from the bottom corner of the net on 42 minutes.

The game was sewn up on the hour when Jeffrey Schlupp raced away down the left and, despite seeing his first attempt to tee up Ulloa blocked, his second rolled to the back post where the Argentine had a simple tap-in.

Schlupp almost got in on the act on 67 minutes with a low left-foot strike from the edge of the area which was destined for the bottom corner until Fabianski tipped it past the post.

A minute later SchluppÂ’s blocked mazy run into the area resulted in the ball falling kindly to Shinji Okazaki who lashed his effort over the top.

Andre Ayew went close to pulling a goal back on 78 minutes but couldnÂ’t direct his header in at the back post following a Sung Yeung-Ki corner from the left.

Andy King had only been on the pitch for two minutes when Mahrez sent him away into the area but his low strike was well saved by Fabianski.

The ball was cleared back to him and he then curled his second attempt over the bar.

The three Foxes substitutes put the icing on the cake on 85 minutes when Demarai GrayÂ’s cross was headed back to him by King. His shot on the bounce from an acute angle was well parried by Fabianski but straight into the path of Albrighton who hammered his effort high into the net.

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